Sportstars line up for awards

January 26, 2018

A-grade premier, Moama: (Back, from left) Angela Slattery, Emilly Atkinson, Steph Watson, Bridie Crowe, Georgia Crowe, Georgia Groves. (Front) Emily Taverna, Alex Daly, Charlotte Long and Cindy Kulsi.

Picola United coach Jon Varcoe during the PDFL seniors match between Mathoura and Picola United. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Mick McInnes addresses the players at quarter time against North Bendigo.

Div 1 winners Moama celebrate during the CVBD Grand Finals. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Echuca-Moama Triathlon. Laurie Edmondstone.

THE 2017 Sportstar of the Year awards finalists have been announced with Moama’s impressive A grade netball season drawing nominations for multiple awards.

The side is among the nominees for team of the year after a stellar campaign.

The Mowers lost just one game for the season and destroyed opponents throughout the year, winning 10 games by 30 goals or more on their way to the Murray Netball League grand final.

And there they completed an incredible season with a 41-31 win against Tongala.

Joining them as finalists is the Moama Bowling Club, for its success in both the midweek and weekend pennant seasons.

The midweek side capped off an outstanding season by winning the Campaspe Valley Bowls division one grand final 81-56 against Deniliquin.

But the wins kept coming for the club, with the weekend division one side beating Tongala 69-63 to also claim the premiership.

It was the midweek side’s fourth straight flag and a fourth in five years for the weekend side.

Rounding out the category is the Echuca Gun Club.

As well as having members named to both the state and national teams, the club took out the overall club championship at the Victorian Trap Shooting Championships.

For coach of the year, Moama A grade netball coach Charlotte Long is a finalist for her side’s aforementioned season.

She’s joined by Picola United’s senior football coach Jon Varcoe who oversaw the Blues’ Picola and District Football League grand final win.

And Echuca senior women’s football coach Mick McInnes is nominated for his part in getting the Murray Bombers’ inaugural season off the ground as well as helping the side to the finals.

The spirit of sport nominees include Echuca Cricket Club junior cricket co-ordinator Jason Carlile, for the example he sets creating a great environment for the club’s players.

Edie Haley has been nominated for her volunteer work with Netball Victoria where she had various roles, while Laurie Edmondstone was nominated for co-ordinating running groups for the community.

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